Watson’s Human Caring Theory: Pertinent Transpersonal and Humanities Concepts for Educators

April 16, 2016

By Carey S. Clark
Nursing Programs, University of Maine at Augusta

Academic Editors: Sara Horton-Deutsch and Pamela Ironside

Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and the caring moment are based in part in the concepts of transpersonal psychology. This paper will provide a historical background around transpersonal psychology and how it relates to Watson’s human caring moment. The purpose of explicating these humanities-based concepts is to support nurses and nurse educators in creating a deeper understanding of Watson’s caring-healing moment as a time-space continuum, where the nurse’s caring supports a mutually created environment for healing. The article provides useful background information, as well as outlining simple steps to revising nursing curricula so that they become supportive of nursing students’ growth as transpersonal-caring beings.

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Riyadh Nurses Message 2016

March 2016

A Nursing Message, Jean Watson, Rihadh KSA 2016. A reflection on global citizenship, the universality of human caring and the role nurses offer to the world and humanity. Video by Ron Lesinski.

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Pioneering Work in Caring Science


September 2015

Jean Watson was honored for her pioneering work in Caring Science from The Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, University of Notre Dame.

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July 2015

Nursing course informs international audience about science of care.

East Carolina University nursing professor Kathleen Sitzman (and WCSI Volunteer CCEP Faculty) was lead instructor for the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by the ECU College of Nursing. The course on the science of caring drew a large international audience. (Photo by Gretchen Baugh)

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Celebrating Kaiser Permanente Nurses

July 2015

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing just released a study showing that KP nurses are key to providing the highest level of quality care. This validates what we know and witness every day at our medical centers: our patients benefit because KP nurses are among the best in the country.

Excerpt of email from WCSI Affiliate Marilyn P. Chow, RN, Ph.D, FAAN
Vice President National Patient Care Services and Innovation, Kaiser Permanente

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Resilient Nurses

December 2014

A major new public radio documentary distributed worldwide by NPR; includes interview with Jean Watson in Segment 2.

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Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium Celebrates First Anniversary

September 2014

The article address the celebration of the first year of the Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium and an invitation for nurses to join the conversation.

Published in “ANA Massachusetts” Report on Nursing, Sept. 2014 issue.

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Lynne Wagner, EdD, RN, MSN, LCCE, FACCE
Nurse Consultant: Educator, Career Coach, Mentor Program Facilitator

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Kaiser Permanente – Northern California, Caritas in Action Campaign

August 2014

WCSI Affiliate Kaiser Permanente – Northern California present three short videos from their 6th Caritas in Action campaign.

In the videos, caregivers representing various multi-disciplinary perspectives share their thoughts on what it means to Honor Health, Healing and Wholeness. Listen as they share the power and possibility of acting with heart-centered intentionality as we create caring-healing-nurturing environments and foster helping-trusting-collaborative relationships.

View Kaiser Permanente, Northern California’s Caring Science Presentation on SlideShare

For more information, contact 

Anne Foss-Durant, RN, MSN, NP, MBA, NEA-BC
Patient Care Services – Director, Adult Services & Caring Science Integration
1950 Franklin Street, 19th Floor
Oakland, California 94612

The Fuji Declaration: Reawakening the Divine Spark in the Heart of Humanity

 March 2013

The Fuji Declaration is an international alliance of individuals and organizations who are united by a commitment to live and collaborate toward the advancement of a more harmonious and flourishing world.

The Fuji Declaration is an invitation to people from all nations and walks of life to join in a commonality of purpose beyond borders. And most of all, The Fuji Declaration is a call to consciously evolve with each other and with nature to bring that new world into being.

Jean Watson is as an Honorary Signatory.

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